The Point: Feasting on Facebook

There’s an old saying about chefs. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Maybe you’ve heard never trust a chef who won’t eat his own food. Well, some of the chefs that helped cook up Facebook for our culture don’t eat it themselves.

For instance, former Facebook president, Sean Parker, says he worries what his social network is “doing to our children’s brains.” He calls the process of posting statuses and photos for “likes” a kind of “social-validation feedback loop” that hijacks our dopamine circuits.

And just recently, Facebook’s former head of user growth told students at Stanford that he feels “tremendous guilt” over the way Facebook has contributed to tearing apart our social fabric. “No civil discourse, no cooperation, [just] misinformation, mistruth,” he said.

This former exec encourages others to at least take a “hard break” from social media every once in a while. As Christians, we can gain mastery over this monster by filling that time with prayer, Scripture reading, and singing hymns together.

Social media is tasty fare, but take it from the chefs: we need a more balanced diet.

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Facebook Is 'Ripping Apart' Society, Former Executive Warns
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  • jason taylor

    I clearly remember society before facebook and it was unsurprisingly already ripped apart.

  • Just One Voice

    Excellent point! It’s been about 2 years I think now? since I quit Facebook. One of the best decisions I ever made.

    I agree with Jason, that society was already ripped apart. Although I think Facebook has enormously contributed to narcissism in our culture. I was about to graduate college back in 2006 right when Facebook was still pretty new. Later, in 2007, I came across an article on MSNBC entitled, “College Students Think They’re so Special. Study finds alarming rise in Narcissism…” Pretty simple to see one of the causes of the effect.

    I also remember talking about FB in our family once. My mother commented that the whole main concept of FB is just pure selfishness. Just look at the status box. Does it still say “What are you thinking right now?” or something similar? I think FB is responsible for a new form of ADD. All these attention-hungry kids & adults posting pictures & videos that fuel unhealthy comparisons.

    Wow, just this little rehash makes me so glad I’m off there! I’m especially glad I was not on there for the election cycle. Ugh, makes me cringe just thinking about all the garbage that was probably going around, and still does.

    • Scott

      It’s been 7 years for me… my wife keeps her account, but only to keep in touch with several people who we other wise wouldn’t be able to contact. It certainly seems to be a place where people let their distain (or outright hate) for all ideas not in-line with their own run unchecked.